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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Allegations of 'Phantom Voting' in Police Union Election

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 6:13 PM

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Accusations as to whether "phantom voting" helped San Francisco Police Officer's Association President Gary Delagnes win reelection fairly surfaced today on the blog of outspoken former cop Andrew Cohen.

Despite grumblings about the longtime union president, Delagnes managed to beat out veteran cop Steve Landi last month in a runoff with 60 percent of the vote.

But Cohen, the former SFPD officer who left the department after the videogate scandal broke, posted a video of himself voting in the most recent POA election -- despite the fact that he is no longer an active member, and should not have been able to log onto the website.

Cohen also posted the e-mail from the POA election committee confirming his vote.

"How could, of all people, me, Andrew Cohen, the primary nemesis of the

current POA regime, and the most vocal and well-known protagonist

against the POA President and his practices, be allowed to vote in this

election process?" wrote Cohen.

"If I am doing it than how many other phantom voters are out there doing it?" he posits.

Cohen was an equal-opportunity phantom voter. He cast one ballot for Landi and then voted for Delagnes in the runoff a few days later.

"I was shocked and amazed at my ability to vote," Cohen wrote.

Neither Delagnes nor POA vice president Kevin Martin has returned messages from SF Weekly.


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